Architecture is the art and science of designing space. Students considering this career should have a creative aptitude for architectural design and the organisational ability to implement their designs in practice. They should also have an interest in the artistic and cultural aspects of society as well as a keen understanding of the technical challenges involved in designing and delivering buildings.
Architects are concerned with the design and construction of buildings. They may practice in a personal professional capacity, or in employment in private and public sector organisations. The field of practice is quite extensive in Ireland and abroad and may offer alternatives of general practice or specialisation throughout a career. Many of our graduates have pursued very successful careers abroad and others have gone on to become prominent architects in Ireland.
The DIT Bachelor of Architecture qualification is a professional qualification in architecture. Through a studio centred learning environment students are taught to develop architectural design projects at a range of scales, deal with complex design problems and communicate their ideas successfully. In parallel with architectural design studio, the programme covers subjects such as history theory and criticism of architecture, environmental science, visual and digital communications, building technology and professional studies
The DIT Bachelor of Architecture degree is accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and is recognised throughout EU member states.
Following a period of architectural practice experience they may take the examination in professional competence and thus become members of the RIAI and register as an architect.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Architecture programme can progress to the DT9100 MArch Programme.
Following a period of practice graduates can progress to the DT119 PDAP programme which leads to registration.
Graduates seeking to specialise in aspects of technology may also progress to the MSc aBIMM,or MSc BP(EED) programmes.
The School has many links with industry and professional organisations including the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI), many architectural practices, and public sector bodies such as the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Dublin City Council (DCC).